No. 9 SUU Tops No. 24 NC State on the Road
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 9 Thunderbird gymnastics team continued their hot start on Friday night, as they traveled to NC State and beat the No. 24 ranked Wolfpack 195.800-194.650.
The Flippin’ Birds started the night on bars, where they were led by school record holder Kirsten Yee who claimed the event championship with a 9.850. Danielle Ramirez and Memory Shettles were both given a 9.800 for their efforts on the event. As a team the Thunderbirds scored a 48.950 on the event.
SUU had to recover quickly on bars from a fall, but SUU head coach Scott Bauman said he was thrilled with the way the team handled the adversity.
“I’ve got to hand it to the girls for the way they reacted,” he said. “That’s important information at the beginning of the season to process, because you want to see how they react if there’s a fall early, and they handled it great.”
SUU had another event champion on vault, as Ramirez scored a 9.875. Stacie Webb scored a 9.850 and freshman Madison McBride hit a 9.800. The Thunderbirds scored a 49.075 on the vault, matching their score from last Friday.
When the Thunderbirds moved to floor they scored their highest event score of the evening with a 49.125, with Ramirez leading the charge scoring a 9.875. Virginia Brownsell was right behind her fellow senior, scoring a 9.850. Webb, Autumn Jorgensen and Tyly Bozzuto all hit a 9.800 to round out the scoring for SUU.
“We went to floor and absolutely killed that event,” Bauman said. “They looked so good, I’m very proud of that group.”
NC State’s best performance of the night came on floor as well, as Drew Grantham scored a 9.900 to claim the event championship for the Wolfpack.
The T-Birds struggled a little on beam, totaling their lowest event score of the night. However, Ramirez and Webb both stepped up big, scoring a 9.875 to claim the title of co-event champions.
Ramirez was SUU’s only all-arounder, scoring a 39.425. That mark put her in a tie for sixth all time in the SUU record book in the all-around.
“She looked absolutely brilliant on all four events, I was really proud of her because that’s a lot to handle meet after meet,” Bauman said.
The Thunderbirds flew across the country to compete in the meet, which Bauman said he was slightly worried about, but overall he was impressed how well the team handled the challenge.
“The girls make no excuses, and that’s what I love about this team,” Bauman said.
Next on the Thunderbird schedule is a meeting with the No. 14 Boise State Broncos in Idaho. That meet on February 3 is set to begin at 7 p.m.
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